CINCINNATI, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — A Cincinnati high school is paying its students to come to school.

The Dohn Community High School has launched a $40,000 incentive program to get students to come to class.

The school’s CEO Ken Furrier told CBS Cleveland that students will get Visa gift cards for showing up everyday for school, being on time for class and not getting into trouble. Seniors would get $25 while underclassmen would get $10.

The school would also put $5 into a savings account for the student that earns a gift card.

“Our student population is 90 percent poverty,” Furrier told CBS Cleveland. “Money is important to them. We can’t teach them if they’re not here.”

Despite taking criticism for the program, Furrier brushes it aside.

“I think the thing that many parents have to realize is that these kids are very poor,” Furrier said. “They don’t have all the benefits suburban kids have.”

Dohn students have come around to the idea, excited about being rewarded for coming to school.

“I’m very excited to get the money,” 16-year-old student Arneqka Lester told the paper. “It makes me want to come to school on time, not that I don’t. But some students don’t have the money and this will help them. It’s a good idea.”

The school is trying out this new idea after the Ohio Department of Education designated the school an “academic emergency” on its report card. About 14 percent of students graduated from Dohn during the 2010-2011 school year.

Furrier said the program — which began Monday — has already seen benefits. Class attendance yesterday was up by 15 percent compared to Friday.

Comments (235)
  1. Pat Kelly says:

    Real smart, rewarding bad behavior.

    1. Wheaton says:

      The students should be allowed to pick their own grades too.

      1. SirGareth says:

        Why not, the value of a government union supplied education, if not zero, is quickly approaching it.

      2. Kenyan Muslim Pres says:

        Lucky for these kids there is an unlevel playing field – aka – Affirmative Action…

      3. pitter43 says:

        Well, that’s the typical liberal solution to bad behavior. Reward bad behavior. Letting criminals out before their time is served. Welcome illegal aliens and terrorists. Same solution. They have to protect their base, after all.

    2. B Woody says:

      Aren’t they rewarding good behavior?

      1. Boomer says:

        The point is that the school shouldn’t be rewarding students for “good” behavior; the reward is an education. If they don’t take advantage of it, let them rot in their stinking ghetto!!

      2. JByrd42 says:

        No, they do not. They only reward those who do poorly. The view success as evil.

    3. nicademus says:

      Upon Graduating…they’ll probably get a EBT card. Thi is all BS!!

    4. wohdin says:

      Can you even read?

    5. Dave says:

      Wait, did you even read the article? They’re being rewarded for going to school on time and not getting into trouble. How is that rewarding bad behavior?

  2. Kathy says:

    Between the high school and the parents, our future generation will be lazy and stupid!

    1. laffin'atcha says:

      our “future” generation? How about the current time out chair generation that doesn’t feel the need to work for it, but rather expects it to be handed to them…

    2. Christina says:

      News flash.. they already are!

  3. Don L. says:

    Simply ridiculous – really – this is just another example of why Teachers and Administrators are overpaid and not performing. Get real will you.

    Check out this example which is probably the tip of the ice berg:

    1. tenngoat says:

      Get serious. You can’t lay this ALL at the feet of the teachers. As a 24-year History educator (and 4th generation teacher) I can tell you what is wrong with education these days, and it ISN’T the teachers. It is the POLITICIANS who have screwed up the system and instituted “social engineering” to make every attempt to rewrite our history, push political correctness and advance “white guilt”. Trust me, Kids are not stupid. But they have been DENIED the opportunity to learn how to THINK. How much effort does it take to complete a multiple choice test? How much “thought” is needed to remember “just the facts”. That is what all this No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top have dealt the teaching profession. I challenge ANY ONE of you to do my job for 5 days. My money says you FAIL miserably. Hell, you might not make it through ONE DAY!!

      1. Indy Anna says:

        Why not turn to your f##king union for help. Hell, they have more money that God. They have been very responsible for getting us to this point. After 10 years you get tenure??? I worked 42 years and never got tenure. In the real world there is no tenure. Do I feel sorry for you? NO SUCK IT UP!

      2. Paul Battis says:

        So IndiAnna takes the bait. The divide and conquer Psy-ops, the easiest one to run on the dumb. 16 trillion dollar deficit, illegal wars not declared by congress. TSA violating the 4th amendment everytime they touch someone and IndiAnna wants to go after the teachers union. That is what this article is about. They play you like a harp. While you get upset about this none program, the powers that be are configuring their next occupation using the Arab Brotherhood AKA Aqueada to kill some folks in Saria so that the Allies can bomb the hell out of them and save the day. And take their natural resources while thier at it. Oh its the blacks its the blacks. Blah blah de fing blah.

      3. kellyturff says:

        tenngoat is right. It is a handcuffed system and working in it is a very challenging job. I too was there, and quit because of the frustration of dealing with the bureaucracy. I think its a decent idea at $40,000, chump change. Better than hiring all the subject coaches (thats where they take the most qualified teachers out of the classroom and make them cirriculum and staff developers who work downtown. Every once and a while they come and watch you teach and then give you stupid or no suggestions) They probably cost about $100,000 grand a year if you factor in all the benefits and retirement. Anyway, glad to see this school got a whopping 15% increase in attendance. THey graduated 14% last year so 15% of 14% is 2.1%. With this increase, they might graduate 16% of students this year……

    2. Scott says:

      Don, I am pretty sure you have not been in a public school for long time…number of years.

      You have no idea in what you are speaking of…..
      If it is an easy job, go get a degree and start teaching. I have yet to know someone that comes into teaching from their other profession and say teaching is easier.

  4. Jeff R. says:

    “We’ve tried everything else” Yeah, I bet they really tried hard. The liberals fix for everything: Spend More Money.

  5. Earl P. Holt III says:

    The idiots in this school district will find that even the students who are chronically late — or NEVER show — will be genuinely incensed if they don’t receive their “fair” share of anticipated payments.

    Just like their parents, they think a “job” is a situation in which you sign your name, and then you get a stream of payments for doing so…

  6. george says:

    Not a bad idea. Do I get a cash payment for abstaining from murder or bank robbery?

  7. thussaiththewalrus says:

    Welcome to the new Amerika! Where nothing matters and no one matters and students are finally FREE to do whatever they darn well fell like.

    I can’t wait for these lazy, spoiled, students to join the real world; they will be shocked when those who “do the right thing” are promoted, promoted, and promoted again!

    These lazy louts will be left far behind!

    1. george says:

      In many cases, the bosses doing the promoting will be just as lazy and spoiled as the underlings. Guess with which underlings these bosses will most closely identify?

  8. thussaiththewalrus says:

    Clearly, I meant “feel” like, not “fell” like; I’m so angry I can’t even proof read!

  9. John In Alabama says:

    This is absloute stupidity. Pay them to take advantage of a privilige? Sounds like something Al Sharpton came up with.

  10. Stuart says:

    Do they get a bonus for opening a book, assuming they can read it?

    1. Paul says:

      Pat,How fantastic that you are oibgglng your journey as an educational leader. What resonated most with me in your post was the idea that schools, students and staff need to take risks to be creative with their students and the importance that they can identify with the value of their school. For me, that sense of belonging and identification with the beliefs and visions of my organization gives me the confidence and the drive to be safe to take those risk. Being creative means being different, trying new things, thinking more divergent and ultimately, giving more choices to our students. You talk about the value of teacher excitement and enthusiasm toward student learning. I wonder if the same holds true for leader excitement an enthusiasm toward staff engagement too. What do you think?

  11. Kyle says:

    I have an idea, let them fail. Don’t reward them for something that they should be doing. If they decide to not got to class, fine, it is their loss and F grade.

  12. Jimmy says:

    This gets the students used to and ready to accept welfare.

  13. Bobtuvick says:

    What a sick society we live in. America is going to hell in a hand basket.

  14. ariel says:

    How about fining the parents instead?

    1. Andrew P. says:

      I agree, I don’t care if the fine comes directly from the parents’ welfare checks. If they have a job, they can pay for their child’s failures. If they don’t have a job, then their only job is to get their children to school!

  15. sue gonzalez says:

    Don L. PLEASE STOP blaming teachers and administrators. They are not at home with the kids, they are not the ones who are sleeping past the alarm clocks, (Or not setting them at all)They are not the ones who should be making sure the kids get to school on time. What’s next? Will the Dr.’s have to pay patients to come in to their offices? Will dentists? How about lawyers? Will employers have to pay extra just to get people to their jobs on time? Does all that have to rest on teacher’s shoulders as well? Don L. if you are not a teacher, then you need to go spend a week in a typical classroom before you start criticizing and heaping blame on teachers.

    1. SoCo Gal says:

      Teachers are not at fault for the community poverty. It is not their JOB to RAISE OTHER PEOPLE’S KIDS.

      The very best a teacher can do is TEACH, but unfortunately they can’t even do that because they have to DUMB DOWN their classes in hopes that EVERYONE passes, whether they deserve to or not.

      CLEVELAND is just as bad ad DETROIT. About 65% of the population is ILLITERATELY FUNCTIONAL.

      And, honestly, as a 16 year old, in today’s world, WHY graduate? What’s to look forward to? Taco Bell will hire you without a GED. Sure, you’ll get to mop floors and make tacos, but only HS graduates get to work the register (gotta know basic math and what numbers not only look like, but what they mean).

      We have become a country of SERVICE WORKERS – mall rats, fast-food slingers and Customer Service Call centers.

      There is NO REASON to get a good education (sarcasm). The highest unemployment rate is for workers 16-28, college educated or not.

      If I lived in OHIO, I’d be LIVID about this. Course, you’d have to be smart enough to understand what the word means. . .

  16. TeaRunner says:

    You’ve tried everything else and yet I have never heard of them sending the parents to jail.

  17. notamused34555 says:

    Excellent training for when they have their first baby and go on welfare!

  18. freecheese says:

    who goez to dis town fo vacation, huh? dis beez mo of dat free obama money frum da hope ‘n change constitutional writes day gives us !

  19. David says:


    ” Cincinnati High School Paying Students To Come To School ”

    corrected for accuracy:

    ” Tax payers are being forced to pay Students To Come To School ”

    Seriously, first the tax payers have to pay to provide kids with a free education and now they have to pay them to show up? Liberalism is indeed a form on insanity.

  20. Melvin says:

    My parents had the perfect incentive for me to go to school. It didn’t cost anything, but it was very effective on my part. Dad and mom used what then was called a boot up your backside.
    Mom’s favorite was a electric coffee pot cord. She used it like a whip. It is absolutely disgusting in what the Liberals have turned the government run schools into. Progressive Republicans are equally as bad.

  21. ALAN PHILLIPS says:


    One definition of the word permissiveness speaks of tolerance or approval of things disapproved by others, unnecessarily lenient. This type of behavior surrounds us in this nation. You encounter it first hand in American stores, schools, traffic, sports contests, anywhere people move in their course of daily life. The resulting behavior can be rude, despicable, predictable, unpredictable, yet it is ever with us in this free society where so many individual rights are expressed as the American way of life. Who hasn’t witnessed a mother’s plaintiff plea when her child safe in a cart picks a toy from the shelf to be refused by the adult. A plethora of screaming by the child results in a mother’s quick attitude change and an immediate granting of the request. A resulting negative reinforcement occurs guaranteeing a future confrontation with a true authority figure, perhaps a policeman.

    Tyranny results as the logical outgrowth of this approval of things normally disapproved by others. Our nation is presently witnessing tyrannical behavior and crime that can only be explained by permissiveness. A local MacDonald’s experiences violence and criminal behavior since a hamburger was not prepared on time. Black Friday shoppers are out of control trying to get the latest tennis shoes, wealthy that pay taxes below their level of earning power refuse to contribute their fair share during this time of economic stress, an American President is called a liar at a SOTU address. Permissiveness leads to tyrannical, irrational, undisciplined behavior on many levels.

    America can only provide world leadership if the nation is disciplined. Currently, it is not, lacking moral and ethical resolve that everyone can observe. The nations of the world have long looked to the country of Washington and Lincoln for leadership. Frankly, at this moment in time these qualities are simply not present. We cannot provide leadership until we relegate permissiveness and the tyranny it brings to the back seat. We as a nation need to recognize we are no longer fooling the world. We must get our act together very soon. Our Congress must finally make decisions in the nation’s interest. The time has come to represent the people and provide a role model for the world.

    Alan G Phillips, Sr
    Bloomington, IL

  22. peter says:

    Well, Excoriated by the liberal education establishment, the white teachers and prinicpals who arent “graduating” the brown students have now resorted to paying them for what their absentee fathers should be teaching them to do out of basic responsibility and self-interest – while they dont know much about the former, they are experts in the latter

  23. Lu says:

    Are they bribing children to be disciplined to learn?

  24. Joseph Youngs says:

    how about reform school for those refusing to attend public schools.
    that was an option that worked in the past

  25. Cori Smelker says:

    I think the author of this article needs to return to school for basic English grammar lessons. Perhaps he/she can go to this school and receive a gift card? Learn the difference between everyday and every day!

  26. jaline says:

    The payment my generation got (graduated 1966) was a good education. Of course, we also got 4 hrs. of homework every night: algebra, Latin, essays, chemistry, etc. School is more than just showing up at a building on time. It’s putting in the work necessary to get a proper education.

  27. jnsesq says:

    How about fining the (alleged) parents for their children’s tardiness. THAT is incentive and costs the taxpayer nothing for a change.

    1. George W. Axl Rosebush says:

      Good luck with that. Most of these parents (or grandparents) only have an EBT card in their wallet.

      Welfare Nation. Support the government, support the lowest common denominator.

  28. The Sage Waitress says:

    Visa gift cards? Is this program funded by Visa? Or is it part of Obumble’s stimulus plan funny money?

    Sounds like a way to teach kids to swipe plastic. That is all publick deaducation is good for anyway, churning out mindless consumers.

    I see Debt People.

  29. Paul Begala says:

    North American Pavement Apes

    Yes, you can bribe them with money…

    …but they prefer crack and welfare.

    1. Blast from the past says:

      It’s safer sitting in a classroom full of wolves and bears than these types.
      The world is just as is God, they have eleveted status and most of the political clout in America(unbelievable but true thanks to their benefactors), but it can’t last.

  30. Jonny Chepe says:

    It doesn’t get any more Progressive Liberal then this….just wait until they ask for a raise….and get it to boot!!!!

  31. Noamsayn? says:

    They might as well flush the $40,000 down the toilet. Those kind of students have the IQ of a brick.

  32. bluestarmom2 says:

    People say, we are falling behind other countries, wwwhhhhaaaa. Well other countries would kick these kids to the curb! School is for those who want to learn, not a warehouse or free daycare!!!

  33. George Jefferson says:

    Hope & Change under the reign of King B. HUSSEIN Obama…

  34. Blast from the past says:

    These are black kids. Give them their own schools, with black teachers…teach them about Red Tails and any tail for that matter. Let every month be black history month. Music Class can be rap all the time. It will work better than the current free school, free lunch, pay to go to class system. My bigoted racist white grandfathers turned out to be geniuses.

  35. Allen Miller says:

    this is just plain backwards. this had to be thought up by the liberal give me entitlement side. Only they can figure out a way to satisfy the give me give me

    1. Dan says:

      Totally backwards! If i missed school as a kid, i knew when my parents found out, i was getting my butt whipped! This is insane.. But, i blame the school district. There is NOTHING in the administration that even says to do this. This is just retarded school district officials who want to take the easy route. Blame obama all you want.. But, NOTHING will change with any republicans either! Fire them ALL and start over! (I seriously mean fire ALL… Tea Party, Republicans, Dems. ALL)

  36. John says:

    We need all those who think this is a good idea to actually PAY for the idea – have you noticed how all these people think it is a good idea to spend other peoples money. These kids are going to go into the world some day and then they will expect to be given extra for doing their jobs or just showing up – BAD example.

  37. mndude says:

    “Arneqka Lester”??

  38. Anna says:

    The kids that don’t care to show up to school or are late won’t care about a gift card. Dumbest idea ever!

    1. Richard says:

      You think that the people who are in CHARGE are intelligent?

  39. Fake Name says:

    That’s great. Getting paid just to show up will prepare them for their futures at pointless government jobs.

  40. Kenyan Muslim Pres says:

    Enjoy the Hope & Change = in other words, the dumbing down of America brought to you by Barack HUSSEIN Obama…

    1. 4grandma says:

      Thank you! Well put!

  41. Arneqka Lester says:

    Yo! Ah be buyin wun dem sail fones wif ma gif cahd fum skoo.

  42. Richard says:

    FOURTEEN PERCENT graduation rate? If ever there was a reason to privatize the public school sytem this is it!

    1. 4grandma says:

      They’re all counting on the welfare check so who needs school?

    2. Luther Myrvold says:

      It would be cheaper to only educate those who would graduate. Privatization is business for profit. Cut down the expense of providing education to those we consider as bad investments, concentrate on those who will increase profits is the way to go. (This is just a point of view concluded from the other comments.)

      1. Richard says:

        Here’s another alternative: Test students entering their freshman year in high school and those who do not demonstrate a facility for doing “academic oriented work” are “tracked” into a vocational curriculum. Give those who are placed in Vo ed three oportunities to raise their proficiency. Why WASTE everyone’s time and MONEY on individuals whose only priority is to get high on drugs!

  43. grand mufti says:

    Not fair. I didn’t get that pay. If they go with this plan I’m gonna sue for retroactive pay

  44. Tony Romo says:

    These “students” sound like future “union workers”

  45. Howboutthat says:

    I’m sure you will all be totally shocked and surprised to find out that Dohn Community High School is 95% black.

    1. Aaron says:

      It was no surprise. I thought it’d be higher actually. The high school is probably named after Whitney Houston too.

      1. Ariella says:

        What a great way to argue your point, by being racist.
        Learn how to ague with intelligence, please.

    2. Richard says:

      Does coming to that conclusion (which I did btw) make us racists or realists? I vote for realists!

  46. 4grandma says:

    Take away the parents welfare benefits for a month until the kids learn some responsibility. Just see how fast the parents boot the kids out the door on time.

  47. Jeanne says:

    This is the best idea I have seen in a long time! Too much time has been spent focusing on the teacher’s performance. It’s about time to focus on the learner’s performance. You can spend (WASTE) a lot of money on new school buildings, more computers, the latest and best equipment, and the best teachers but still not impact student learning because kids do not come to school with an attitude that values education and learning! Learning is not easy. It takes real effort on the learner’s part. This creative action by this school district may help turn that around!

    1. Richard says:

      The school where I taught for over thirty years had NINE MILLION DOLLARS spent on renovations. The result? Scores FLAT LINED! Each room had new boards; floors and air conditioned. A main frame was placed in the library with the result that we could communicate with the attendance office and supply them instantly with students who were absent or late to class. We also had a homework hot line installed and each teacher had voice mail. Again, the bottom line stayed the SAME….little or NO improvement in student performance.

  48. Aaron says:

    Cincy is just behind Detroit. This will soon be the norm among all major cities where blacks run the show. Whites have already left the cities through white flight and this is what’s left. Black leaders need to encourage strong families, shun rap music, and find some real role models. I’m so tired of all my tax dollars funding minorities to get a free ride while I work non-stop to provide for my kids. Black fathers need to get their crap together. Go rap about that!

  49. tex Greehell says:

    I hope everybody realizes this is the end of American with these morons being paid to show up on time. Filthy loafers should be run out of this country and sent packing. Pukes.

    1. Richard says:

      As I’ve stated before….Alexis De Tocqiueville visiting America in the middle of the 19th century opined that America is great because America is good — when America ceases to be good it will cease to be great.” America’s public school system especially in the inner cities make De Tocqueville’s words—–PROPHETIC!

  50. Robert Reichhhhhhhhhh says:

    “We have to step up our schedule of turning these kids into completely dependent government head cases. We own the universities. However, the elementary and secondary school system has been a challenge. We expect to turn it around by 2014. It will be like Occupy Wall Street on steroids.”

  51. Gummint Idjuts says:

    I’m a safe driver. I think that the highway patrol should pay me to drive.

    I’m healthy. I think that the insurance company should pay me for not being sick.

    I’m a law-abiding citizen. I think that the police department should pay me to get up in the morning.

    Etc., etc…

  52. WereTurtle says:

    A ridiculous policy. It gives the students a sense of entitlement that they should be rewarded for doing what they are supposed to be doing. Will they ask their bosses when they have jobs to give them a raise because they were achieving the minimum level of their job requirements by coming in on time?

  53. Robert Reichhhhhhhhhh says:

    “Hi Jeanne! Are you still taking your meds? It doesn’t sound like it. You really should stay with the program. We need proudly clueless people like yourself to inform us that our programs have some merit. I mean, heck, we have these kids drugged up so they don’t know if they are coming or going. Then, we take away playground activity we deem “too dangerous” ha, hahahahah, – dodge ball too dangerous hahahahah. And then, we tell the parents to stay home, we’ve got this – AND THEY DO IT! Is this really happening? Oh, hell yes.”

  54. Jonathan Mello says:

    Next will give grown-up gift cards for showing to work on time.

  55. Dave says:

    I’ve been saying that this is something that should be done since I was ten; we live in a society that places no value on doing something because it’s right, needs to be done or should be done. Nobody goes to work because they love their job; they go because they get paid to. Nobody does anything for free, and there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Why should school be any different?

    1. WereTurtle says:

      So, you think perpetuating an entitlement culture is the answer? Rewarding people for doing what they SHOULD be doing is just plain dumb. The problem with the schools and the low graduation rate, low attendance, and high tardiness has to do with the schools, the unions, and the parents.

      Not sure what it is like today, but, when I was in high school, there were consequences in my house for being late or truant. Kids know nothing about consequence or responsibility of action.

  56. skippy777 says:

    schools don’t have money to pay anyone anything….it is taxpayers that fund 100 percent of schools… is taxpayers that fork over $$$ to tardy students.

    1. george says:

      .. . . Thereby giving these tardy students an early heads-up on how to fleece the system and get a free lunch off the taxpayers’ backs for the rest of their lives.

  57. skippy777 says:

    it is the parents that should pay the schools money whenever their child is tardy.

  58. avis says:

    So they’re paying the kids AND the teachers to come to school now? And they wonder why the school has no money for books and the students don’t listen to the teachers. WHY don’t they give the parents the money back (taxes) to send their kids to schools they will attend, like a private school or a charter school or a reform school?!

  59. georgeincincy says:

    Try this: Only dole out the food stamps and welfare checks to the students’ families when their student shows up on time and get good grades.

    When the local Cincy TV news cammed this school’s students many of them could hardly walk being they were cool and had their pants on the ground. What kind of professional administrator allows this deviance in dress? They were walking in front of the school with buses in the background so not sure if they were students or dealers.

    Is this the typical principal of inner city public schools? All the money wasted on new school buildings to enhance education.

    Obama making election year moves to get veterans jobs. Turn these schools into boot camps by hiring vets. This would be money better spent on educating these lost souls.

  60. Sam says:

    Entitlements from Cradle to Grave. These kids are in for a wake up call when they want to get a real job. IF they ever do.

  61. NYer says:

    “I’m very excited to get the money,” 16-year-old student Arneqka Lester told the paper.

    Shaniqua and Tawana and Latifah are excited too.

  62. maxtor says:

    you never reward something when they have done nothing and this is what it is doing….it is teaching the wrong thing…they are learing dependency….they woll be dependent on that money for buying certain things they want and havent done a thing other than what they were supposed to do in the first place!!! Libturds….at it finest!!

  63. Clearhead says:

    Whatever happened to TRUANT OFFICERS, and parental penalties for truancy?

  64. King & Queen Obama's USSA says:

    Approved by the Cleveland Teachers Union.
    Just another reason to send your children to a private school…

  65. jmanial says:

    its not an education theyre being paid to get, its indoctrination

    america, wake the feck up

  66. racial victim says:

    They need these kids coming in to keep the test scores down because the lowest test score schools get extra federal money to fix the problem. I have a letter from a school district telling my son he can not go to some of his classes and he can only use the nurse’s restroom. This is what happens when a white kid tells the administration that he and his white friends are being threatened every day, assaulted and robbed in the hallway restrooms. No one in the state or fed govt would help us and I couldn’t get any lawyers to take the case even with evidence.

  67. joe11223344 says:

    I got a better idea. Why don’t you fine the parents $500 every time their child is late?

  68. omstrat says:

    I can just picture Arneqka’s mom . That tells the story right there

    1. Richard says:

      Yeah….that’s IF she has a mom and you can be certain that there is NO daddy in the home!

  69. LakeWoeBeGoner says:

    Now if they can pay them enough to study too, we’re on to something!

  70. So they get paid for coming…but nothing says they actually have to learn, make an appropriate grade, etc. Is the school district training them to become permanent wards of the people who actually do what they’re supposed to without being bribed…aka the tax payers? I think so.

  71. HOFIE - TTN,NJ says:



  72. alex says:

    Instead of rewarding “good” (read appropriate, expected, or normal) behavior, why don’t we punish bad (showing up late/not at all). Kids are required to be at school. If parents can’t get them there then fine them. If they are so poor then even $5 a day would hit home hard; they would have a vested interest in getting their kids an education (which they should have since they are their children). Rework the EBT system so that you get less money if you don’t have a high school degree. Teach kids from day 1 that they are responsible for their actions, even when they are a minor. The way we have it now, we reward a kid who can’t get a job because they did not participate in their own education with all this welfare. We don’t do anything, execept give tax deductions, to parents who have these kids, but then take little responsibility in the childs upbringing. If you put some responsibility on the parents where it belongs, then they will be more likely to discipline their kids.

  73. Feech LaManna says:

    Nice. Let’s take it further. How about giving gift cards for not speeding, shoplifting, or wearing seatbelts?

  74. The Bobster says:

    I’m guessing these stoodints are moolies.

  75. dwoof says:

    I read this article. Can I get some money for that?

  76. Slade says:

    After the students are paid to “be present” at school, do the schools have any measure to determine whether the paid students have sufficient IQ to learn basic subjects. The fact is, many do not. Thus, more waste of taxpayers’ money.

  77. WilliamPenn says:

    I think the thing that many parents have to realize is that these kids are very poor,” Furrier said. “They don’t have all the benefits suburban kids have.” Following the dictates of Comrade Obama, Furrier advances class-warfare.

  78. Dude says:

    So this needs to be done because the kids are poor and should be rewarded with extra incentive? This does not compute. How about looking into a correlation between the “coincidence” of being poor and coming from a home that doesn’t instill the importance of attending school?

    Instead, we continue to build a culture of short term gratification being the only incentive to do the right thing. It’s amazing how “lucky” all those people who went to school and studied hard 20 years ago are.

  79. Jeanie says:

    I used to get really upset when I read these types of stories, but I think differently now. At least the thugs are off the streets from 8-3 or whatever. And, we’ll have plenty of people who “graduate” from these schools to mow lawns, pick up grabage, flip burgers, etc.

  80. Walt says:

    This is absurd, if not obscene. How does this prepare a student for the real world? Do employers give out attendance or warm and breathing awards? Why not offere larger prizes to individual students who have demonstrated serious academic achievement or have shown the most improvement in a year?

  81. hhb says:

    Since the children are getting paid to attend school. I guess Obama can count this as creating jobs.

  82. Welfare State Mentality says:

    What’s next? Perhaps the students should be paid to flush the toilet too!

  83. Kadija says:

    these kids must really be some BUMS .!

  84. Kadija says:

    The Kids Must Really Be Some BUMS !

  85. joe says:

    already starting to get them to relay on someone for money?

  86. mac says:

    Paying the students is a great idea. But take it one more step. For every dollar paid to the student send their parents a bill for $2’s! Then if after a while that doesn’t work, send the parents a bill for $3’s for every dollar and so on until these idiots get it!
    But in real life, after three chances to straighten up, if the student won’t conform, then kick his butt out of school and let the so-called parent(s) deal with it!

  87. Nutz says:

    At last a thoughtful start. Needs more pay for each test passed, and most improved, previously uneducatable kids will perform. Likeable teachers another strong incentive. A humanistic behavioral incentivized program for all poor kids. Anti tax as I am this would be worth paying for in terms of Improvement in the lot of the poor and reducing the unemployable pool of illiterates

  88. Chris says:

    If I didn’t go to school back in the day II didn’t get paid, all I got was a boot in my a$$.

  89. countrycuz says:

    Reason #7 why liberalism should be considered a certifiable mental disorder. What a stupid idea. Yeah…encourage all the ignorant hoodrats to attend to disrupt learning for everyone else and make the teacher’s job even harder. Let ’em drop out, but make sure you take away the welfare and food stamps when they do.

  90. tom says:

    They would show up if they got sent to a work camp if they didn’t have an education. China works like that. They don’t have motivation problems in China. You don’t work—you eat the lettuce you grow in your front yard. God there are going to be riots in this country when we are forced to live like India, China, Pakistan, etc. Boy are there going to be riots.

  91. Mike James says:

    Culture matters. Not all cultures are interchangeable. Some cultures are better able to handle modernity better than other.

  92. Gary Pillsbury says:

    Is this school district really nuts??? I never got paid to go to school for the 19 years that I did go! What a waste of money,that could have done so much good some place else! I do not see as to what it does to pay a student to go to school. They aren’t learning anything! Did the school system get rid of the “No Child Left Behind” law? Someone mentioned of the kids picking their own grades,and I do say no to that as well! They aren’t smart enough to pick anything except their nose! Or maybe their butts! But,that is only because the person that thought of this taught it to the kids! One television station is asking that question here in Maine and I will tell you that this kind of education won’t work here!!!!!

  93. SoCo Gal says:

    What ever happened to TRUENTCY??? Isn’t it still ILLEGAL to not go to school up until a certain grade?

    Who cares that the school has “poverty” level kids? I live in THE poorest county in Colorado and the 25th poorest county in the U.S. – no one bribes our kids to go to school (emphasis on primarily Hispanic ethnic background citizens).

    Our schools work hard to provide EDUCATION and our HS graduation rate is over 75% which is darned good given the income levels and parental education levels here (most are just HS graduates, not too much college-educated here)

    SHAME on this school for PAYING kids to do what they are SUPPOSED to do – manage their own education!

  94. Coach says:

    Watch and wait folks. You are fixing to see a tragic magic act, and schools all over are gonna do this same thing. Anybody notice his title of CEO ???? This is a businessman, looking at bottom line…graduation rate. We can’t “pass you” if you don’t at least show up. You are gonna see 2 things. A spike in attendance, and a spike in (phoney) graduations. Then, this CEO is gonna claim victory. Awards, pats on the back, other places following suit. Politics have destroyed the school system. Now corporate mentality is gonna make it look better than it is on paper. Only in America.

    1. Artsiom says:

      Pat,Thanks for chiming back in to this imrpotant conversation. This is an area of personal frustration to me for many reasons beyond what I’ve shared on my blog. The reality is that I know of children whose doctors are the ones that prescribe weekend/summers off meds. Ugh. You are correct too. In the traditional school setting, many people’s hands are tied. Teachers, parents, students. The way most industrial models of school are structured, what you say is correct. I’m saying we need to offer more alternative models for students. If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll see I’ve become deeply interested in free/dom/un/home schooling. My suspicion was that the numbers of children in such environments on ADHD meds would be much lower than those in traditional settings. Surprisingly, and coincidentally, I just added an addendum to my post that touched on this very issue. Please re-read the end of my post.The alternatives that I recommend are finding a school that addresses the child’s needs. One that honors his/her passions, like those I wrote about in my post. Or…if possible, providing such opportunities outside of school. I understand having a parent at home is not feasible for many families, but for some it is. Also, after the age of 14-or-so, for many adolescents, a parent home the whole day is unnecessary.

  95. Ed Liberatore says:

    You can lore a horse to water but you can’t make it drink the water.

  96. togs says:

    Why isn’t getting a (free) education reward enough?

    If this is what our country is resorting to in order to force kids to go to school, can we stop paying taxes for public education?

  97. ClockworkOrangeFuture says:

    These kids just have not figured out yet how to steal the money.

    At any rate, after a few months the truancy and tardiness (why am I tempted to hyphenate that word?) will return. This is not a lasting solution – it is not even a solution. This is madness.

    The schools in this nation should be garnishing $$$ from the accounts of bad parents. Now, there is a tax base that will only increase!

  98. Larry says:

    And why not pay kids to go to school? Just another govt agency throwing your money away. The VA pays veterans for coming to their clinics and hospitals. Don’t believe it? Call the local VA. Ask about travel pay. Millions wasted in govt give- aways.

  99. Johnny D says:

    back in the mid/late 90s this school i went to did something similar, but it was with fantasy money. every student had a “checking account” and attending each class would get you a “wage”, at the end of the week we were given our “pay” and we could spend it on real items. CDs, Hats, candy, etc… and every month the top 5 earners were picked to go off campus for a fancy lunch that the school paid for.

    though, I twould have been way cooler if we were given real money.

  100. ClAUDIA says:

    The article doesn’t say for what time they get the money. A day, a week, a month or a year?? As a teacher, I can understand the intention of the school but as a citicen I ask, where do they take the money from and what money do my children get? Most of that poor children are non-whites
    Mistakes have been made, when the first slaves were brought in. That was an injustice. Some chosen people made a lot of money with it, but they don’t pay for the ramifications.

  101. jennifer s says:

    i think its a good idea. getting the kids there to earn the education increases the likelihood of a job or better paying job to contribute to society and the economy instead of leaching off it as everyone assumes of them. earning that small gift card teaches them responsibility and will motivate them to go out to earn more with a job. it has potential and should be given a chance before it’s so unjustly criticized.

  102. James says:

    Disgusting – these are the unintended consequences that arise when the government tries to offer perverse incentives.. paying these kids .5-2 cents an hour is not going to make a difference. My take on this, and how I’d solve the problem is here:

  103. Ariella says:

    Obviously there is something severely wrong in this country if there is a high school somewhere with a 14% graduation rate. To be honest, most of them are probably working, or are too busy taking care of their siblings or helping out their parents. Contrary to what most wealthy people believe, kids who are under privileged DO want to go to school, but sometimes your family, your health and your families health are much more important. Today we live in a world where education is a privilege, and economic situations can force kids out of school to help their families, but really, this situation is not new. 100 years ago it was this way, and always, somewhere in the world, it was the same way DURING these last 100 years. Compare that to how long our “society” has been around, and do the math.

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  106. Shennia Gill says:

    I think that it’s a matter of emplimenting a positive plan and maintaining it’s growth. This will put the idea in the childrens head that hard work no matter what it is will pay off. (PAY) Not ever child is asked to come in to this world, but no child left behind should be made a equal choice among any race of children. These are our future, the next presidents and CEO’s of major companies. This world had created the most selfish and lazy children, and this is a plan to make them work hard for their keep. What a better way than through the school system, This is where we teach and prepare them for life. Teachers and parents need to take on the responsiblity of rearing the next generation. Because mothers and grandmothers are so young today, they decided to be the childrens friends instead of mentor and leader. Not showing them how to be responsible adults. Let’s take responsibility for our actions and if paying them to go to school, helping them to create a nest egg is the answer then hell lets do this. Lets up the pay for the teachers as a incentive, keeping the next generation off welfare and poverty.

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